There are two downloadable versions of the following tips:
- Watch it! Safety Tips 7-11 years for pupils of primary school age
- Watch it! Safety Tips 11-16 years for students of secondary school age.
When a mobile phone is made, it is given a unique electronic serial number known as the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity.
By registering this number with Immobilise, your mobile handset can be blocked if it is lost or stolen., This makes it unusable on any network.
Here’s what to do:
1. Dial *#06# on your mobile phone to display your unique IMEI number.
2. Make a note of it on the front of this booklet, then use it to register your mobile phone at www.immobilise.com
3. If your mobile phone is lost or stolen and you don’t know the number of your network provider, call 08701 123 123 for further information.
- Registering your IMEI number with Immobilise.
- Make sure you protect your phone with a password or PIN and do not share this with others.
- Only give out your mobile number to people you know.
- If you get a text or a call that upsets you, tell someone you trust.
- Try to keep your mobile separate from your keys, purse or wallet.
- When out, set your phone to silent and keep it in a pocket.
- In busy public places, keep your mobile in an inside pocket or hold it inside your bag.
- Don’t use your mobile in a place where you feel unsafe, unless it is an emergency. Move to a safer place if you can.
- Avoid alley ways and short cuts that are away from main roads – especially if you are alone.
- Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be home.
Remember you don’t need to actually steal a mobile phone to be part of the mobile phone theft cycle:
- Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap mobile from someone. If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is!
- Try not to boast about your latest gadgets. The newer and better your mobile is, the more attractive it is to thieves.
- Think before you make fun of others who are less fortunate than yourself before boasting.
- Tell someone you trust if you know someone is being bullied or involved in mobile phone crime.
- On buses, trains and the underground
- Around school or college
- Pubs and clubs
- Entering or leaving rail and tube stations
- Buy a return ticket, so you can be sure you get home safely.
- If paying cash, have your fare ready to avoid getting your wallet or purse out in public.
- Wait somewhere that’s well-lit and near other people.
- Sit near or in view of the driver or guard.
- Be aware of where the alarm buttons are – every bus and carriage has them.
- If you’re getting home late, ask someone to meet you.
- Always try and share a taxi with someone you trust.
- Only use licensed taxis displaying a council plate on the back.
- Sit in the back of taxicabs and don’t give personal details out if you’re chatting.
Misunderstandings from texts are common, so if it’s important – make that call!
- Think about what you are trying to say and always check back what you have written.
- Don’t be tempted to send angry or unkind messages. Call and sort things out.
- If you receive a text which upsets you, don’t forward it to others – save it and tell someone you trust.
- Consider who you are texting and only use text language and icons if you know they’ll understand.
- Remember to add your name to the message, especially if you’ve borrow someone’s phone!
Recycling your old handsets is a good way to reduce waste and earn some money.